Letters: U.S. leadership necessary in climate change fight

Bridge divides to slow climate change

In response to a recent letter by Thomas Hurd, there are ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are also good for the economy.

Over 3,500 economists, including 27 Nobel Prize-winners and top economic advisers to presidents of both parties, have endorsed a plan to fight climate change. Their “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends” advocates putting a steadily rising price on carbon dioxide emissions and returning the money to the American people.

This statement concludes that the price signal will encourage technological innovation and steer our economy toward a low-carbon future. Returning the revenue to households will shield consumers from rising energy prices, and “the majority of families, including the most vulnerable, will benefit financially.” A border carbon adjustment would protect U.S. competitiveness and encourage other nations to adopt their own carbon pricing systems.

A bipartisan bill embracing these principles has been introduced in the House of Representatives — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

The first sentence of this Economists’ Statement asserts: “Global climate change is a serious problem calling for immediate national action.” Let’s reach across divides and provide U.S. leadership in the fight to slow climate change.

Terry Hansen
Hales Corners, Wisconsin

Help our furry friends

Every day I wake up to a furry face that guarantees me sanctuary and never-ending bliss. What this daily affection has taught me is that a dog’s love is forever and it is something that too many people take for granted. Currently, millions of stray dogs are abandoned on the streets of Mexico and most everyone turns a blind eye to it. Dog toys and fresh dog food are all things with which we spoil our pets. These are privileges that many owners presume all canines receive, when in fact most dogs are being denied these basic necessities. Most stray dogs are not sterilized and uncontrollable reproduction has become a critical dilemma. The only solutions present are at the clinics that carry out stray dog sterilizations. Next time you look into your dog’s eyes remember that you’re as lucky to have them as they are to have you. Dogs give us love, so why aren’t we loving them back? With simple donations to clinics like Compassion Without Borders and The Antonio Haghenbeck Foundation, we can help these loyal companions receive the love they earned.

Kaylee Hale
Ecker Hill Middle School

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